World Meeting of Families

Through the generosity of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Corner Brook couple, Wayne and Amelia Dicks of Sacred Heart Parish will be attending the World Meeting of Families Congress in Philadelphia, PA, USA from September 25-27.

WMOF was conceived by Saint Pope John Paul II in 1992 to look at strengthening the sacred bonds of the family unit across the globe. The first WMOF took place in Rome in 1994, the International  year of the family.  Pope Francis will be attending this Congress.

“The family which experiences the joy of faith communicates it naturally. That family is the salt of the earth and the light of the world; it is the leaven of society.” Pope Francis, October 27, 2013

Every three years since 1994, families from all over the world are invited by the Holy Father to attend this global gathering.  At the conference, families share their thoughts, dialogue and prayers, working together to grow as individuals and family units.  Families can participate in discussion groups on the Christian family’s role in the church and society, led by many distinguished speakers.

Wayne and Amelia Dicks were both born in Corner Brook, NL.  Wayne is the youngest in a family of two boys and two girls; Amelia is the second oldest in a family of sixteen.  They have been married for 36 years and have 4 children and 2 grandchildren. Both are actively engaged in parish ministry at Sacred Heart and with the local Catholic prayer group.

Amelia says, “My husband and I believe that marriages are meant to be happy and to last. So, we've spent many years working with the Retrouvaille Marriage Program, and have assisted with the Marriage Preparation Course for the past several years. “

Please join in praying for Wayne and Amelia and all who will be attending the Congress with the official prayer